Button Mash The Best Movies About Video Games  

Ranker Film
95 votes 17 voters 14 items

List Rules Vote up the best films that are about video games, not based on a video game.

The 1983 movie WarGames lures a teenage computer hacker into almost accidentally starting a global thermonuclear war by asking him the simple question: “Shall we play a game?” As video games prove to be as popular than ever, it makes sense that movies about playing video games are as equally profitable. Here are the best movies about video game competition and video games in general.

Take note that this list is not about movies based on video games. Therefore, we can exclude films like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat. Instead, these movies feature plots where the actual video game is part of the narrative. For example, in The Last Starfighter, a teenage loner and expert player of a video game called “Starfighter” is recruited to use his gaming skills to fight aliens and save the world. 

Some of these characters are trapped in a video game movie, other characters are playing old school arcade games, some are even playing in a virtual reality system. What are your favorite movies about video games? Let us know by voting up or down in the list below.

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Multiple Video Games

 

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.
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Grandma's Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Multiple Video Games 

Grandma's Boy is a 2006 American comedy stoner film produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison. The film stars Allen Covert, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The film ...more
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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: WOPR (War Operation Plan Response)

WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and ...more
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) 

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more
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Tron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Tron

Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more
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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Games: The Games

 

Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director ...more
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Gamer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Society

 

Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which ...more
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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Game Over

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is a 2003 American/Mexican science fantasy adventure film directed by Robert Rodriguez and the third installment in the Spy Kids series. It was released in the United ...more
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Pixels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Multiple Video Games

 

Pixels is a 2015 science fiction comedy film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the 2010 short film by Patrick Jean. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a ...more
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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. After a young programmer (Fionn Whitehead) makes a ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Starfighter

 

The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Super Mario 3

 

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure comedy-drama film starring Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Jenny Lewis and Luke Edwards. It was also Tobey Maguire's film debut. The film follows three children as ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: Cloak & Dagger

 

Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 spy adventure film directed by Richard Franklin starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman and Michael Murphy. It is a remake of the 1949 film The Window. It was ...more
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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Video Games

Video Game: eXistenZ

Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome, ...more